The Best Restaurants for a Magical Holiday Meal in Québec City

Allison Van Rassel
Allison Van Rassel
Published on January 27, 2020
Ville de Québec

Holidays in Québec City are magical! Old Québec lights up in bright colours and chefs adapt their menus to the flavours of the season. During this merry time of year, restaurants serve comforting dishes. Taste what the local people of Québec cook during the Holidays! Here are my favourite places to enjoy a generous meal during Christmas, New Year’s Eve or anytime in between.

Treat Yourself to a Luscious Meal to Mark the Occasion

Restaurant Legende

Old Québec's gourmet restaurants are very welcoming during the Holidays.  And to match the spirit of the season, most of them offer a distinctive Holiday menu. It's the most delicious time of the year! 

Traditional Cuisine

Buffet de l'Antiquaire

Restaurant Buffet de l'Antiquaire
Mention de source @buffetdelantiquaire

The Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a neighbourhood diner serving authentic Québécois flavours. Its essence lies in their heartwarming dishes served in generous portions at an affordable price. During the Holidays, the daily specials include homemade pork stew, turkey and Cipaille, a veal, pork, beef and potato pie. Cipaille is a must in my family every Christmas. 

La Bûche

La Bûche
Mention de source La Bûche

If you are looking for a trendy approach of the Québécois Holidays classics, La Bûche on St-Louis will serve you a spoonful. A festive approach of the sugar shack ambience featuring popular –and quite hearty– dishes like beer-braised ham, meat pie nuggets, baked beans and crispy pork loins. At La Bûche, real maple syrup is mandatory to the experience. 

See more restaurants that showcase Québec's traditional food.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Jour de l'An Grande Allee
Mention de source Jérémie Leblond-Fontaine

As for Christmas, many restaurants offer a special New Year’s Eve menu where the ambience is appropriately set for celebration. The restaurants L’Échaudé and the Ciel Bistro-Bar Tournant on Grande Allée come to mind, especially for their admirable wine selection and creative cocktails. On New Year's Eve, the bistro Le Sam offers a dinner.   

Opening Hours

Most restaurants are open during Christmas except for the evenings of December 24th and 25th. For these two days, hotel restaurants are often the exceptions. Contact the restaurant to know their schedule and book your place. 

Allison Van Rassel
Allison Van Rassel

Journalist, columnist and blogger, Allison is passionate about Québec City’s culinary culture. Curious and aware of the latest culinary trends, Allison makes the region’s foodie culture shine bright.

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